Drivers seeing double on Pomona Freeway

Drivers will be seeing double on the Pomona Freeway from now on. And traffic fines will cost them twice as much.
The California Department of Transportation has installed 57 signs along the busy freeway, where carpool lanes are under construction.
The signs warn motorists that traffic fines are doubled in a construction zone.
“Now any traffic fines will automatically be doubled if you’re stopped by the California Highway Patrol,” explained Officer Joe Zizi. “For example, if you’re fined $2,000 for driving under the influence, the fine will automatically be doubled to $4,000.”
The Highway Patrol wants motorists to slow down in the busy construction zone, which extends through Hacienda and Rowland Heights.
“It’s all part of our Slow For the Cone Zone campaign. Anything to get motorists to slow down, especially in a construction zone, where the danger is magnified,” said Judy Gish, a Caltrans spokesperson.
Gish noted that more than 100 Caltrans workers have been killed while working on the state’s highways.
On Dec. 15, CHP Officer Joseph Sanders was killed in an accident along the Pomona Freeway near Azusa Avenue. Sanders and his partner were helping the driver of a pickup truck that had crashed in the eastbound lanes in Hacienda Heights.
As the CHP officer was putting down flares, there was another crash on the wet roadway. A car hit the officer, who was later pronounced dead at Los Angeles County USC Medical Center.

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